Camponotus caffer

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Camponotus caffer
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. caffer
Binomial name
Camponotus caffer
Emery, 1895

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Specimen Labels

Two contemporary collections of C. caffer: a nightime sweep net sample in grassland/shrubland and a specimen from a bushveld pitfall-trap.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: South Africa (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • caffer. Camponotus caffer Emery, 1895h: 47, pl. 2, figs. 25, 26 (s.w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Combination in C. (Myrmoturba): Forel, 1914a: 267; in C. (Dinomyrmex): Emery, 1920b: 256; in C. (Tanaemyrmex): Emery, 1925b: 84. Subspecies of maculatus: Forel, 1901h: 69. Revived status as species: Forel, 1914a: 267; Emery, 1920b: 256; Arnold, 1922: 650; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 963.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Emery 1895i, page 47.
Emery 1895i, page 48.


  • Arnold, G. 1922. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part V. Myrmicinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 579-674 (page 650, revived status as species)
  • Emery, C. 1895i. Voyage de M. E. Simon dans l'Afrique australe (janvier-avril 1893). 3e mémoire. Formicides. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 64:15-56. PDF (page 47, pl. 2, figs. 25, 26 soldier, worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 256, combination in C. (Dinomyrmex); revived status as species)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 84, combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex))
  • Forel, A. 1901m. Formiciden des Naturhistorischen Museums zu Hamburg. Neue Calyptomyrmex-, Dacryon-, Podomyrma- und Echinopla-Arten. Mitt. Naturhist. Mus. Hambg. 18: 43-82 (page 69, Race of maculatus)
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 267, combination in C. (Myrmoturba); revived status as species)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922j. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 711-1004 (page 963, revived status as species)